<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Kids Camp]]> <![CDATA[Outdoor: Making the connection]]> With ready access to the outdoors in Colorado, making a “natural connection” may seem secondhand. But even here, kids are increasingly living structured and technology-heavy lives. Engaging in the natural world and enjoying unstructured play are said to be imperative to growth, a sense of wonder and development as tomorrow’s environmental protectors.]]> <![CDATA[Kids Camp Directory]]> Come join us for 10 weeks of Dawson's exciting new summer camps and Programs for kids ages 5-18. From June 7 through Aug. 20, we will offer 40 various camps in academics, arts, music and drama, language and culture, sports, and various specialty day camps, running from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.]]> <![CDATA[Nurturing nature]]> Thorne Natural Science School, for kids ranging from toddlers to teens, is celebrating its 53rd anniversary this year. The camp began in Boulder in 1957 and expanded to its Waterton Canyon location in Littleton in 1995. TNSS teaches kids to respect nature, while encouraging them to learn about different ecosystems and discover the great outdoors.]]> <![CDATA[Kids Camp Guide 2013 | Introduction]]> Spending time with positive role models, making in-person social connections, building new skills, developing new knowledge, being exposed to new activities — the list of pragmatic reasons for what children gain from camp is a pretty long one. But let’s take it down to the language of a 10-year-old: It’s fun.]]> <![CDATA[Performing Arts]]> Summer camps for kids that focus on performing arts. ]]> <![CDATA[Faith-Based Camps]]> Colorado summer camps that focus on religion. ]]> <![CDATA[Beyond knowledge]]> Whether it’s learning pawn structure in a game of chess, executing an arm bar against an opponent on the mat or learning how to hunt for fossils with scientific tools, hands-on education camps provide kids with experiences as active participants in niche fields.]]> <![CDATA[General: A new sense of self]]> Let’s face it — being a kid can be tough. Bullies like to pick on the shy kids, the geeky kids, those who carry around a few more pounds than the others. All that can take its toll on a child’s self-esteem and confidence. But that doesn’t have to be the case at camp.]]> <![CDATA[Overnight Educational Camps]]> <![CDATA[Overnight Special Needs Camps]]> <![CDATA[Overnight Sports Camps]]> <![CDATA[Outdoor camps]]> (For fourth to sixth graders.) Campers will progress from basic to advanced skills in rock climbing, whitewater paddleboarding, mountain biking and outdoor stewardship.]]> <![CDATA[Horseback Riding Camps]]> Every day is an adventure in equine education, and fun is the emphasis! Starting with safety on the ground, students learn how to catch, halter, lead, groom and tack up their horses. Every day includes a group horseback riding lesson. Riding lessons are also available for hour-long and half-hour lessons.]]> <![CDATA[Horseback Riding]]> Camps for kids that focus on horseback riding.]]> <![CDATA[Special Needs]]> Camps for kids with special needs.]]> <![CDATA[Overnight Faith-Based Camps]]> <![CDATA[Sports: Team, individual camps teach similar lessons]]> There’s a potential, fencing coach Scott Permer acknowledges, for parents to see individual sports camps as a little lonely.]]> <![CDATA[A sense of self obtained through experiences]]> Of course a kids camp should be fun, but the special needs programs provided by Adam’s Camp, Colorado Lions Camp and Colorado Center for the Blind go one step further by expanding campers’ perceptions of what is possible.]]> <![CDATA[Visible learning]]> The spacious room is quiet. Jack Johnson tunes fill the background. Anna, one of the workshop participants, delicately adds green glitter around the edges of her birdhouse.]]> <![CDATA[Arts & Crafts: Building blocks for self-expression]]> For kids, art is more than just fingerpainting and doodling. It’s their best chance to learn about and express their own emotions, according to some child psychologists.]]>